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Sometimes my concentration breaks midway through the dhikr or du’a with inner presence and the mind wanders (e.g. if I hear a family member’s voice). Any tips on how to maintain concentration throughout? In the case of the dhikr, I think it may be mild embarrassment that someone will overhear me (I feel self conscious).

On concentration: Remember that you are training yourself in a newer skill. Just like the first time you lift weights you may not be able to complete the set. You do what you can and slowly improve. Your strength will increase the more you exercise. Similarly you should keep trying and do not worry if …

Sometimes my concentration breaks midway through the dhikr or du’a with inner presence and the mind wanders (e.g. if I hear a family member’s voice). Any tips on how to maintain concentration throughout? In the case of the dhikr, I think it may be mild embarrassment that someone will overhear me (I feel self conscious). Read More »

Tongue sheet- advice on feeling like thoughts and words are being repressed, resulting in further anger or distress

There needs to be a healthy way for the person to process their emotion. Violating the tongue is not a healthy and/or sustainable way to manage emotions. Not only does it harm one in this life (e.g. swearing at loved ones or backbiting friends) but also in the Hereafter. So, the answer would be: find …

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Please expand on: 1. what is meant by singing, in what context 2. intense debate 3. praising someone in their presence (sometimes this is done intentionally to show appreciation) 4. the list on the slide and on the pdf are different

For more detailed explanation of each sin of the tongue one can invest time to study there. Here are two free resources: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPEzNqC6gh-GogwpdzEu9CyhyEP6POjN9 – Prohibitions of the Tongue (محارم اللسان) Parts 6 Part Series by Mohamed Gilan based on the work by the great Mauritanian Scholar, Imam Muhammad Mawlud. https://seekersguidance.org/show/31-content-of-character/  – In this episode Shaykh …

Please expand on: 1. what is meant by singing, in what context 2. intense debate 3. praising someone in their presence (sometimes this is done intentionally to show appreciation) 4. the list on the slide and on the pdf are different Read More »

Brother Harun – you explained how there are 7 organs through which sins enter our heart. The aim is to block off all of those organs so sins do not enter the heart. How does this reconcile with the fact that it is in our nature to sin and forgiveness is one of the purposes of our creation?

There is no contradiction. When you drive a car, accidents happen. This doesn’t mean that you don’t take every precaution to prevent them. Our nature may be inclined towards sin, however, we should try our utmost to prevent accidents and take necessary precautions. Some points to help one understand: 1. The Prophets are sinless, yet …

Brother Harun – you explained how there are 7 organs through which sins enter our heart. The aim is to block off all of those organs so sins do not enter the heart. How does this reconcile with the fact that it is in our nature to sin and forgiveness is one of the purposes of our creation? Read More »

Does this refer to one sin or additional sins? For example if you commit one sin which is normalised, does it mean that your heart is indifferent to other sins?

Referring to the darkening / encrusting of the heart: It’s a good question. Generally speaking, the darker one’s heart is, the easier it is to be heedless and disobedient to Allah azzawajal. So, to answer your question directly: No. It’s not always the case. For example, someone can be normalised to drinking but hates missing …

Does this refer to one sin or additional sins? For example if you commit one sin which is normalised, does it mean that your heart is indifferent to other sins? Read More »

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